Griddle pans are a popular option, especially if you live in a condo and/or don’t have access to a grill to cook food on. One concern people have if they buy an induction range, is if their griddle pans will still work. Let’s explore this.
Two things to worry about using your griddle pan on an induction range
There are two things you need to worry about to see if your griddle pan will actually work. The first one is the issue of ALL cookware and induction, meaning, is it compatible with an induction range. If you have a heavy cast iron griddle top, then cast iron is magnetic and will be compatible with your induction range. If you have an aluminum one, then most likely, it will not work and you would have to get a new one.
Now, if we know that our griddle pan is made of cast iron, the next question is shape. Why does shape matter? The griddle pan I used to use, had two sides to it with large lips along the edge. One side was ridged, the other was flat. But the lips along the edge are what become the issue because the lips hold the pan off the grill. Our griddle, at least with my induction range, needs to make contact with the range itself.
So you may need to get a new griddle to go on your range. The following griddle is one I found that is induction compatible and it is inexpensive, $50. The only issue, is it is a flat top and not ridged.
Bridging the burners
The last thing you will need to do all depends on how your range works. Our KitchenAid range has what is called a bridge function. This allows us to place the griddle from front to back, hit the bridge button, and it will active both burners and allow you to heat the longer griddle pan. In fact, I find this works even better than with gas or regular radiant ranges in heating up everything.
Short answer – will it work?
The short answer is yes you can use your griddle pan, but only if it is the correct one. Many griddle pans are not shaped to work properly, or are not made with the correct metals (ferrous) that actives the induction cooktop.